Ever since its release, Ubisoft has been running Operation Health for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
, designed to constantly improve the gameplay experience. Although a major 2.2 update is on its way, in the interim 2.1.1 introduces loot boxes and some balance fixes.
The biggest news is the introduction of the Alpha Packs as in-game rewards. Ubisoft states that they will be a chance-based loot system containing many past cosmetics (like the Black Ice skins), as well as exclusive Legendary tier items that you will only be able to get in Alpha Packs. They won't be immediately available with this update, instead having a staggered launch across all platforms, with the exact dates yet to be confirmed. All players will be given one free Alpha Pack once they are made available, and a FAQ regarding their use is due soon.
Attacking Operator Hibana’s unique gadget, the X-KAIROS Launcher, has also received some tweaking. Bugs where the second charge sometimes failed to explode, or did so at the same time as the first, will be addressed, as will some lingering visual effects that occurred after detonation and pellets not displaying properly when shot between two reinforced walls. The unintended effect of the latter can be seen in the below screenshot.
In the previous Title Update 2.1, a few fixes for the spawn locations in Kanal allowed the Defenders to have a clear line of sight and thus land kills as soon as the Attacking team spawned. Acting on feedback received from various communities, Ubisoft has re-opened the window on the map, which will allow more options for Defenders from within the Control Room as demonstrated in the following screenshots. Finally, some walls in the Blue Bar of Coastline were not reacting to destruction properly, so have been remodelled.
Title update 2.1.1 will be active at the time of writing, with the Alpha Packs being available soon.